Dr. Sherri Tenpenny kicked off the inaugural episode of her Brighteon.TV program “The Tenpenny Files” by discussing the key principles of osteopathic medicine.
The osteopathic medical doctor from Cleveland, Ohio pointed out that osteopathic medicine has principles that set it apart from other branches of medicine.
“The first principle of osteopathic medicine is that the body functions as a unit and no parts function independently. The abnormalities in the structure and function are already adversely affecting the whole,” she began.
“In allopathic medicine, we have divided the body up into parts. And we see each of these parts as individuals. And that’s why sometimes patients end up with seeing all these different doctors. They end up with all these different medications from different people – kind of the left hand doesn’t always know what the right hand is doing. And they end up with medications that may be contradictory to each other.”
The second principle of osteopathy, according to Tenpenny, is that that the body has the inherent ability to heal itself and maintain its health when given the appropriate building blocks.
“It’s an ‘inside out’ phenomenon that it’s what you eat, it’s what you drink. It’s the kind of supplements that you take. It’s the kind of digestive enzymes that you take and how incredibly important is it to know what’s happening inside of your body.”
The third principle, the osteopathic doctor said, is that the structure-function relationship in the body is interrelated. She illustrated this by citing knee pain as an example.
Knee pain caused by a bone-on-bone issue is only true about 10 to 15 percent of the time. This is because bones do not have nerve tissues that are present in the cartilage, the ligaments and the muscles. Bone-on-bone, in this case, means there is dysregulation and other things are causing the inflammation.
Musculoskeletal, circulatory systems play a role in osteopathy
Tenpenny noted that in osteopathic medicine, the key component of health care is the musculoskeletal system – which comprises more than 60 percent of the body mass. Osteopathic physicians refer to the abnormal areas in the musculoskeletal system in the body as somatic dysfunctions which means that things are out of alignment, she added.
Thus, any musculoskeletal problems and pain could either be coming from somewhere else, or it can be something that needs to be treated from a different perspective instead of immediately having surgery. She reiterated that surgery should be an option of the last choice after trying everything else first.
Aside from the musculoskeletal system, Tenpenny also mentioned that proper, unimpeded circulation is the key to health. Citing the osteopathic adage “the rule of the artery is supreme,” she explained that the the body needs good circulation to make sure that the internal organs are not deprived of oxygen, nutrients, red blood cells and other things that are carried into the organ systems. A person cannot have healthy organs if they do not have healthy arteries, Tenpenny emphasized.
Sticking to the “inside out” phenomenon she mentioned prior, Tenpenny also said mental, emotional or spiritual problems are causing people to have external manifestations or physical symptoms affecting their physical health. In order to correct those physical problems a person needs to deal with that from a mental, emotional and spiritual perspective first. (Related: Osteopathic manipulative treatment is an effective treatment alternative to obstructive sleep apnea.)
“So, all elements – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, psychological, environmental, all these elements of diet, sleep and exercise – all of these things need to be taken into consideration to figure out what the patient needs.”
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